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Mindconnection eNL, 2022-10-02


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Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day

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1. Good News: Where the Intel is Good

  1. The Communist News Network (CNN) has had declining viewership for years, because their absurdities reek of BS and insult the intelligence of anyone over 4 years old. Their executives are now saying it may be time to reign in their leftist bias. Yeah, and pigs will fly. What they mean by this is they will tone it down a bit and abuse the English in a different way while still delivering the same messaging from the same failed ideology. Let's help kill them off; tell others that only a fool will believe anything spewed by CNN. The world will be a far better place with this conduit of communism gone.
  2. Ohio recently passed legislation that protects students. As reported on  American Action News, "Ohio House Bill 99, which protects teachers’ right to bear arms, is now law. Monday, this week, Ohio passed the bill which removes barriers from teachers to carry in a classroom. The Bill reduces the required training from an absurd 700+ hours down to a foundational 20-hour course."

    This is a setback for the population control freaks, because in Ohio children will not longer be the equivalent of fish in a barrel. But no worries, the fast food industry has your back! Not only that, the Biden White House has a new "expert" who will bring the death toll right back up where you want it:
  3. AOC, aka AbsOlutely Crazy, aka Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has now made the claim that the fact America doesn't have a female President means America hates women. Just over half the population is female, so that's a lot of self-hate. We might have had a female President if Hillary the Horrible had not put herself in the running multiple times or if the Socialist Party (aka "Democrats") had fielded a candidate who is at least semi-numerate or the Republicans has not put Sarah "Stupid" Palin on the ticket in a deliberate effort to kill McCain's campaign.

    We don't have a female President because of idiocies like these and because we don't have honest elections. If Hillary the Horrible and Elizabeth the Liar had not done what they did, then capable women would have emerged. AOC conveniently ignores the fact that Donald Trump won by a landslide in the 2020 election, but due to blatant cheating and corruption we now have a mentally retarded pedophile as our President. AOC also conveniently ignores the fact that, despite her absurdly thin resume, low IQ, and total lack of charm, she was handed her Congressional seat and she is a woman (even though the latest addition to the Supreme Court might not agree because she's not a biologist). For a woman who is so inept and so repulsive to be elected and re-elected to Congress, it simply cannot be the case that America hates women.
  4. Kevin McCarthy, House GOP leader, says that if the GOP flips the House then the House will immediately repeal the planned hiring of 87,000 mentally ill people to join the government-funded terrorist group known as the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths. But the GOP may not flip the House because Pelosi and crew just passed an illegal bill that illegally gives illegal aliens the right to vote (and they will vote Democrat). Elections are, per our Constitution, the purvey of the states and the states allocate that to the counties. It's not a federal matter. If the socialists prevail in getting that election-rigging bill signed by the Retard in Chief, it will be the death of our republic and of any sort of democratic process for holding officials accountable. The only solution at that point would be an armed revolution, so let's do what we can to prevent the socialists from pushing us into that corner. Contact your senators today about this issue.
  5. 50 illegal aliens in Martha's Vineyard is a "human crisis" but 4 million in Texas is not a problem? Watch this:
  6. Nutcase Nancy spewed her leftwing nonsense during a surprise appearance at a music festival in NYC. She was soundly booed. See this video:
  7. Here's an ad that makes sense:
    I have multiple degrees and paid for every one of them by working for the money to do that. All of my degrees are in STEM, which gives them market value. People who go $100K in debt for a degree that no employer values should not have their stupidity paid for by people who went into the skilled trades or got a marketable degree.


2. Product Highlight

The Rocket Pen is a life-changer for students and adults with reading difficulties. Scan words or lines from any screen (e.g., tablet, smart phone, computer) or printed material, and it not only reads to you but provides word definitions, word breakdown, and more to teach you to read (by "you" we mean the person you buy this for). The Rocket Pen Reader gives the reading-challenged their independence,

Buy the Rocket Pen on Amazon | eBay | Walmart

Watch this demo video:

Main features and benefits:

  • Allows students or adults with reading difficulties to gain independence and reading fluency without stigma.
  • Reading tutor functions include spelling, syllabication (how the word is "built"), and one word displayed in big font.
  • Syllables break for each word.
  • Direct lookup of phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions (for example, get ahead, get along, keep on, keep off, look forward to).
  • Uses colors for the different fields, to improve the understanding of the dictionary definition.
  • You scan, it reads to you.
  • Scans lines of text or individual words from almost any surface, not just paper. It can read the text on a computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Hear individual words or even multiple lines of text read aloud in natural voice.
  • Completely self-contained, no computer or Wi-Fi required.
  • Comes ready to use, no setup process (but customization can easily be done).
  • Full 1.9 inch color touch screen, and simple physical buttons for screenless scan and read.
  • Multiple built-in dictionaries to search definitions including the New Oxford American Dictionary with Oxford Thesaurus of English (Americanized), Oxford American Children’s Dictionary with Oxford American Children’s Thesaurus, and English to Spanish dictionary.
  • Built-in speaker automatically mutes when earbuds are used, automatically unmutes when they aren't.
  • Meets FCC, ROHS, and CE standards.
  • Package includes ReaderPen, USB charging cable, Quick Start Guide, and earphones.

Rocket Pen

The Rocket Pen Reader is an affordable, powerful reading assistant and reading tutor that erases the barriers created by dyslexia and other reading problems. It can be used privately in the classroom, avoiding stigma, thanks to the earbuds included in the kit (it can alternatively be used without earbuds).

How it teaches reading

Before the early 1980s, public schools relied on phonics to teach reading. This allowed any student to "sound out" a new, unfamiliar word and also recognize its root and thereby often grasp its meaning even without a dictionary. Then schools switched to the "Look See" method, which treated words as individual pictograms to memorize. The results were dismal, plummeting the USA from the top of the literacy ranks to the bottom among industrialized countries.

The Rocket Pen puts phonics back in.

It also adds a context-driven dictionary and a context-driven thesaurus, both powerful tools for improving reading skills. See the reading tutor functions in the chart below.

It is the answer

The Rocket Pen Reader is the answer for helping the reading-challenged in the classroom, special needs classes, home-schooling, and adult education. Because of its mobile-friendly design, you can carry it with you and use it anywhere. Not only does it read to you, it helps you learn to read (for example, by showing you the syllable breakdown and the definition). It is super easy to use, no need to watch a dozen videos to figure out what to do.

Based on the highly successful ReadingPen 2 and vastly superior to the cPen Reader Pen, the RocketPen is the latest generation in a reading tutor scanning pen. It is a quantum leap or two beyond anything else on the market. This amazing device retails for $499, sells for $399 on Amazon and, but is on sale now for a limited time only via our eBay store at only $379!

It beats the competition

Compare the Rocket Pen to the competition. The winner here is obvious:

Rocket Pen cPen Reader Orcam Read
Amazon Price 399 285 1990
Color touchscreen Yes No No
Words appear in large font Yes No No
Scans phones, tablets, etc. Yes No Yes
Scans blocks of text No No Yes
Color-coded dictionary Yes No No
Simple physical buttons Yes Yes Yes
Ergonomic for kids Yes No No
English and Spanish Yes Yes Yes
Verbal commands No No Yes
Auto trigger upon contact Yes Yes No
Easy menu navigation Yes No No
Manufacturer experience, yrs >25 6 <5
Product age Latest generation! 6 3




Reading Tutor Functions


Dictionary 1 New Oxford American Oxford Primary n/a
Dictionary 2 Oxford American Children’s n/a n/a
Thesaurus 1 New Oxford American Oxford Primary n/a
Thesaurus 2 Oxford American Children’s n/a n/a
Syllablication / word breakdown Yes No No
Hear word spelled out Yes No No
See word spelled out Yes No No
Part of speech Yes Yes No
Headword Yes Yes No
Pronunciation guide Yes No No
Idioms Yes No No
Quick Define feature Yes No No


3. Brainpower tip


People commonly experience cognitive decline starting in their mid-30s. This is borne out in career achievement records, and you can look that up if you are interested in the details. As an example, great inventors have their great inventions when they are young not when they are old. Novelists tend to be under 40 when they are at their peak.

Supposedly, this is inevitable. I asked why, and the explanation was the cerebral cortex starts to shrink. So why does the cerebral cortex shrink? Apparently, this simply happens. But things are not always as they appear.

Think about the cerebral cortex. It's a brain layer composed of cells. Cells age and die for a variety of reasons. They can also perform well or sluggishly. If you've read my fitness column over the years, you know where I am going with this.

  1. The first problem is people poison themselves. Eating seed oils and processed sugars definitely results in brain damage. Eliminate these from your diet.

  2. The second problem is they fail to get the needed nutrition. Eat a variety of super foods and make them the bulk of your diet (80% or more); this is how you get enough nutrition.

  3. The third problem is they fail to get enough sleep. Participating in idiocy like Daylight "Savings" Time works against this, but it's not the only factor. Identify ways you can darken your room and take other measures to make sleep easy for you.

  4. The fourth problem is they don't get enough intense exercise and they don't get enough volume of exercise. Figure out a program and do it.

  5. The fifth problem is they don't get a variety of intellectual stimulation and they don't get stimulation that is challenging enough. Do things that are hard for you, learn new skills, see new places, take up a hobby or sport and become an expert in it.

Doing these five things will allow you to have a healthy, strong brain with plenty of cognitive power for a far longer time than a "normal" person does. While it's true that even a severely retarded person can be President of the United States, don't make that low bar your standard. Think of how rich your life can be when your cognitive abilities grow with time rather than wane with time.

The normal rate of cognitive decline is normal because people normally make the above-mentioned five mistakes. Proper nutrition can move the "normal" curve considerably. Among the peasant classes in the middle ages, a person normally lived to age 33. Today, a normal person in the USA will live to 80 years. That huge shift in the normal curve for life expectancy proves that curves can shift in a very big way. Shift your cognitive curve now, if you have not already started to do so.

4. Finance tip

Thanks to hyper-damaging "green" policies, many people today double the value of their car just by filling up the gas tank. Higher fuel prices drive up the price of everything, especially food. There's also the fact that many pilots were forced to take the "drop dead without warning" jab so flying commercial is not safe except through Southwest where no jab mandate was forced on people. This fact means more people will be driving for vacation trips rather than flying.

Follow these tips to save on car refueling costs:

  • Plan your trips. Keep a running grocery list and errand list. Try to make a multi-stop loop, so you aren't driving back and forth or retracing your path. You're also converting a series of short trips into a long trip, which reduces engine wear (heat up, cool down, heat up). And you drive fewer miles.
  • Use synthetic crankcase oil. Not a blend, synthetic. It is more efficient primarily because the molecules are all the same size and therefore there is less resistance in the lubricant.
  • Keep your tires inflated. If you do not have an inflation sensor in your car, then buy the color-changing valve stem caps.
  • Use a K&N permanent air filter. Even after several months of use, it will flow more air than a Fram paper one.
  • Check your driving habits for fuel efficiency. Just don't take this to an extreme, like those idiots who take three city blocks to accelerate to 30MPH after a stoplight.
  • Try listening to audiobooks instead of music while driving. You will be amazed at how this increases the rationality of your driving. One reason is you don't have the beat of drums to egging you on and another is you are activating the logical part of your mind. Just don't get too engrossed in the book, your main task is to drive the car. Safely.

Follow these tips to save on food costs:

  • Plan your meals. Then buy what you need to make those meals for X days. This is how you have zero leftovers and zero spoilage in the refrigerator.
  • Batch prep your meals. This saves time, but it also keeps meals to a uniform size.
  • Invest in a good food storage strategy. Basically, this means deciding what kinds of containers to use for keeping meal ingredients (e.g., bok choy, squash, etc.) and what kinds for prepped meals. I use only glass for the latter.
  • Watch your produce department for watering errors. Many stores overwater their produce, causing it to rot. Spinach and beet greens are both particularly vulnerable to this.

5. Security tip

A few people have communicated to me their belief that socialism is good, and they’ve then gone on to describe it as a system that provides roads, bridges, hospitals, education, care for the elderly, etc. They overlook the fact that non-socialist systems such as capitalism provide all those things.

Socialism is a system that controls the means of production and distribution. That is what it is. Not a system that, unlike any other, provides roads, bridges, hospitals, education, care for the elderly, etc.

There is no case in human history where this has worked well, because it simply is not possible for central planners to correctly manage an economy. You need price signals and other motivations that are provided by the market. Further, there is no incentive for people to take risk and innovate—or even put in an honest day’s work.

Socialism has made massive inroads into the USA since the coup, which is why we now have an epidemic of “quitting in place”. Karl Marx, who wrote his opus out of anger toward the bad effects of crony capitalism (a sort of socialism in itself), declared socialism as a transition phase, with communism being the ultimate goal.

Communism is socialism without property rights for individuals. That may have appeal for gross underachievers because they can tapeworm off everyone else. But for the vast majority, such a system is a living hell. Venezuela is a prime example. The Nordic countries are held up in counterpoint, but the reality there is socialism has badly eaten away at their prime asset: a strong work ethic. That’s why they are rolling back the disease of socialism.

When we think of security, do we not normally think of protecting our property? Socialism, if left unchecked, means total loss of property. In no case has any country abolished property rights but preserved personal freedoms. The two go together. To have the latter, you must have the former. Socialism bans both. In most cases it means basic human rights are gone, too.

Putting a doorbell camera on your house will not protect you from socialism. One way you can fight socialism is, at least as our system currently stands, to always vote for the candidate most likely to defeat the Democrat. Another is to get people to stop supporting the lamestream media and socialist companies like Facebook. Only when socialism is no longer a threat can we even begin to believe we have any real security.


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

The photos tell you something important about my credibility in this area.

Statistics when these photos were taken, 2 days past my 62nd birthday:

  • Height: 6'0"

  • Wingspan: 6'1"

  • Weight: 148.8lbs (a bit more than the Age 60 shoot, and I am leaner for this one)

  • Bodyfat: Unknown, but well below what the Tanita scale says is 5%

  • Waist: 29

  • Chest: 48

  • Arms: 15

  • Quads: 20.5 (an increase of half an inch since the Age 60 shoot)

  • Max bench press: Unknown, but I do 4 sets of 10 reps with 150 lbs to warm up on chest day

  • Max squat: Unknown, but I do 4 sets of 8 reps of front squats with 90lbs to start Leg Day

  • Cholesterol: In normal range, on low side

  • Testosterone: Above the upper limit of the normal range

  • Last illness: 1971

  • Last workout missed: Spring of 1977

  • Training days per week: 6

  • Type of training: Split routine, heavy on supersets

  • Meals per day: 7 on training days, 6 on rest day

  • Percent of diet that is processed food: 0

  • Amount of meat, wheat, corn, or soy eaten annually: 0

  • Number of eggs eaten per day: Between 8 and 10

Some cool climbing  videos:


See all of my climbing videos here:

Yep, new photos for this column. I did an Age 62 photoshoot in September.

This spring, an acquaintance who had seen my age 60 photoshoot pics asked me if I would be doing a photoshoot this year and when. I said yes, in September. He asked if I could send him updates on my progress, because he'd dropped over 25 lbs of excess body fat since the Covid scam began and was curious how my weight would trend.

He didn't see me often and just assumed I bulked up and then fasted down to "show" weight. He said he'd read that bodybuilders get very low body fat and then nature takes over and they gain back all that and more.

This is the typical brainwashed view of the typical yo-yo dieter who doesn't pay attention to food choices until crisis mode. It is not the view of someone like myself, who leads a consistently disciplined lifestyle. I stay fairly cut all year long, as evidenced in my climbing videos. It is not because I starve myself; I do ensure, in fact, that I have ample carbs and calories for both training and performance (mainly climbing).

Here's a summary of how I do that:

  • Train six days/week, focusing on a different muscle set each time, to trigger the adaptive response.
  • Eat plenty of healthy fats: whole eggs, plain yogurt made from non-homogenized milk, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter.
  • Totally eliminate processed foods.
  • Plan my meals ahead of time, and "meal prep" so they are as planned. This is easy portion control.
  • Eat six meals/day; this spreads out the calorie intake so the body has less need to store any of them as fat.
  • Eat fat loss herbs and spices. Cumin, for example, is a more potent fat burner than the two most commonly prescribed prescription fat loss drugs.
  • Drink coffee, made with 1 part (of 4) green coffee bean extract, each morning.
  • Take fat loss supplements. Mainly, this is L-Carnitine. Most fat loss products are worthless, unhealthy, and even fat-promoting (CLA is all three).
  • Take a long-view attitude. This allows me to roll with the punches, instead of living in crisis and thus releasing stress hormones which make you fat.
  • Take care of friendships. This increases the release of serotonin.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night, plus take other measures to aid with sleep. Sleep deprivation goes hand in hand with fat gain.

All that said, I do gain about 6 lbs between October and February. Why is that? In a nutshell, I eat more.

  • Bigger sweet potatoes.
  • More yogurt.
  • Winter pie baking. While these are "alternative" pumpkin pies (no wheat or sugar), they are still fairly high in calories. I figure I have only so many winters left, so why not enjoy these?
  • More bananas.
  • More avocado.
  • An extra serving of fruit mid-day, such as another pear or peach.
  • I add coconut flakes to some meals; these high-calorie yum-yums are absent during my lean down phase.
  • I increase the percentage of omelets that are 3-egg instead of 2-egg/

Did you notice there's no real change in diet, here? Just more portions and those coconut flakes. The pies might seem like an exception, but they have the same ingredients as my breakfast cookies other than using pumpkin in place of the fruit and adding evaporated milk which is outside my normal diet. Nothing compels me to eat more, I just do it because I like to. I could stay on the same portions all year, but we're talking about a 6lb fat gain to get rid of over the spring and summer.

And there's another twist. I pop popcorn only outside, and then only when it's at least 50 DegrF. That means I eat popcorn only during my "slim down" period. My acquaintance won't eat it "because of the carbs" but we're talking only 90 calories for the popcorn itself. That's the same as a medium banana. The calories come from the organic butter and coconut oil I use to pop the corn. These are healthy fats, the popcorn is basically a high fiber delivery method for eating them.

Just as there's nothing to compel me to eat more, there's nothing to compel me to eat less for the purpose of a photoshoot. I could let my weight increase 10 lbs, and still be healthy and lean. In fact, I did just that in the year between these shoots.

I don't aim for any particular weight, though I do weigh myself to get a rough idea of what is changing or has changed. Mostly, I engage the process and watch the results.

There is no good reason to have a diet that is anything but a clean diet. So assuming your diet is clean, you can simply tweak the amounts to (over time) get the look you want.


At, you'll find plenty of informative, authoritative articles on maintaining a lean, strong physique. It has nothing to do with long workouts or impossible to maintain diets. In fact:
  • The best workouts are short and intense.
  • A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction than the typical American diet.

7. Factoid

When their viewpoints are challenged with facts and logic, people who suffer from Intelligence Deficit Syndrome react with lies and ad hominem attacks. This behavior is a dead giveaway that their beliefs are wrong. If their viewpoint had merit, they could use honest means of defending it.


8. Thought for the Day

Corrupt politicians and people with phony values often claim that whatever program, policy, bill, or law they are supporting aligns with some commonly held value when in fact there is no correlation between the two. Never confuse the claim with the logical outcome of what is being proposed or advocated.


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The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!). The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by socialists or other brainwashed individuals. That's because those fools live in an alternate reality and have not bothered to learn the basics of how life works. They cannot do basic math, cannot apply logic, and cannot be bothered to learn the basic facts relevant to any topic that they are passionate about.

Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Where sources are not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort. Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

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